NASCAR To Finally Enter The 1980s, Test Fuel Injected EnginesBy danseitz
NASCAR vehicles are wonders of engineering. Designed to strike a delicate balance between aerodynamics, speed, and control, they’re machines of beauty. In a way, it’s kind of a waste that they’re used on a sport that exists solely on very tiny nuances of strategy and physics only the drivers can appreciate. But in one very important respect, these machines are antiques: they still use freakin’ carburetors.
But maybe not for long.
To give you an idea of just how ridiculous this is, pretty much everything sold commercially these days is fuel-injected. Smart Cars are fuel-injected. A Smart Car is more technologically advanced than a stock car. Think about that for a minute.
Starting in July, NASCAR will be testing fuel injected vehicles, thus bringing to the sports the latest technology of the twentieth century. Coming next year: GPS units!
Actually, the issue is that stock cars already go too fast (hence the use of restrictor plates) and that NASCAR is worried about the cheating getting above the manageable levels it’s currently at. Also, they’re terrified of letting computers onto stock cars, because apparently that’s Satan’s technology too.
It’ll be interesting to see what guys currently squeezing 800 hp out of a 19th century technology can do with something more modern, that’s for sure. Watch this space for more as it unfolds.